Category Archives: Koalas

Icky Dooh Dah

Posted by Heather Smith in Koalas

Koala, Otter and Puffin class all enjoyed a very exciting morning with the author and illustrator Simon Murray. Simon told us his memorable real life experience, that he had 15 years ago, which inspired his fascinating story book Icky Dooh Dah. Later on, Simon visited each class and led a guided drawing session, emphasising the importance of detail, texture and contrast. We created our own pop up cross section of an attic featuring our very own mischievous Icky Doo Dah creatures! He taught us how to draw with perspective and to include meanings hidden in the detail in our pictures. We were all very proud of our efforts.

First few weeks

Posted by Heather Smith in Koalas

Koalas have settled in well in their first few weeks. We have created portraits of others in our class, experimented with flowers in science and explored emotions in PSHE. We are loving our class reader this term ‘The Boy Who Grew Dragons’ by Andy Shepherd and have been inspired to write descriptions of the dragon and write recipes for Dragon Fruit Crumble.


Spellodrome – word lists are up and running, keep practicing at home. The children only get one opportunity each week to this within the school day.

Reading – all children have been checked and are all reading the right band for their level. Please read regularly at home

SPaG – the children now have SPaG books. This week they were asked to complete page 5 – adjectives. Next week we will look at adverbials.

May the FORCE be with you!

Posted by Heather Smith in Koalas

In Koala class over the last few weeks, we have been really busy learning how magnets work.

We now know that:

  • Magnets have two poles- North and South.
  • They work the same underwater as they do in air.
  • You cannot see a magnet working- it has an invisible force
  • Magnets attract and repel each other
  • Not all materials are magnetic- not even all coins are magnetic, even though they’re metal.
  • Magnets can work through materials, such as wood, plastic and paper –this means they don’t need to make contact with the magnetic material.

Heroes and beasts

Posted by Heather Smith in Koalas, Otters

Over the last few weeks in Otter and Koala class, we have been enjoying learning all about King Arthur and discovering characters from myths and legend stories.

We have learnt how to create magical and eerie settings with powerful description; how to add tension with short sentences, and how to help our hero/heroine battle strange obstacles and beasts.

We had great fun finally writing our own stories and letting our imaginations run wild!


History artefact box

Posted by Heather Smith in Koalas

Otter and Koala class have had a great time learning about the Anglo Saxons this half term.

On Tuesday 4th, we had a fantastic artefact box to explore. There were things that the Anglo Saxons used that we still use today, such as instruments for spinning wool, coins and sewing needles- though ours aren’t made out of bone anymore!

We even had some example clothes to see what out would have been like to live as an Anglo Saxon.  The outer cloaks were made of wool and a but itchy, but very warm.

Take home task June 4th

Posted by Heather Smith in Koalas

Thank you to all the children and parents for their hard work creating the brilliant take home tasks last week. They were very informative and interesting. A lot of effort went in to them and the learning was fun too!